QUARTIER INTERNATIONAL — A second James Rooster Esq. is set to open soon in the Palais des Congrès. The pub, beer, and tapas concept is the brainchild of George Despatie, of Giorgio Italian restaurant fame.
MILE END — Le Butterblume will soon breathe new life into a semi-derelict block of Saint-Laurent boulevard under the Rosemont overpass. The restaurant-café-boutique three-in-one will serve breakfast, lunch, and apéro hour drinks from Tuesday to Sunday. Stay tuned for more details.
OLD MONTREAL — A new café will soon take over a former Second Cup outlet in Old Montreal. Les Intraitables, from a group of six partners, plans to serve coffee from local roasters, fresh-pressed juices, cocktails, mocktails, private-import wines, and a locavore-driven bistro menu. A couple of the principals involved with the project work at Plateau wine bar Rouge Gorge. More on Les Intraitables in the days to come.
MILE-EX — The chef who replaced Chris Parasiuk at Manitoba last August will soon take his leave to start a new project. Michael Dalla Libera will run the day-to-day at the Mile-Ex kitchen until owners Elisabeth Cardin and Simon Cantin find a new chef.
SAINT-HENRI — Handsome wine bar Chez Lavigne has a new chef in the kitchen. Olivier Caza Berthelet worked previously at Les Affamés, a HoMa neighbourhood bistro.
ROSEMONT — An auction will be held this Wednesday, May 4, at Société-Orignal, the now-defunct cult purveyor of niche Quebec edibles. Among the items on the block: commercial kitchen appliances, office equipment, and, randomly, an antique harmonium and jukebox.